1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Managing pricing exposure for a variety of middle distillate products, for both physical and paper instruments, interacting with traders and operators continuously.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
On this program you develop mainly on the job skills, relevant to your current role, however there are a variety if in house training courses that are provided that give you a more overall knowledge of the works of the trading business.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
There is a strong working culture here, you are expected to put in the hours and 9-5 usually isn't enough, however having a well maintained work/life balance is important here.
4. How valued do you feel by BP?
There is still an obvious divide between the school leaver and the graduate scheme, this can cause friction later on into the scheme where you consider yourself more knowledgeable and experienced however are still not compensated as well.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program is continuously changing to accommodate the needs of the business and the school leavers. The structure is good and the roles on offer are varied.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
In terms of training it is very much left down to the individual, courses are provided but further support would usually be something you would need to seek out on your own accord.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We have a mentor program and an annual panel review with senior members of the business that help to develop you and also drive your further roles based on your needs and previous experience.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary easily covers the costs of living a fairly comfortable life within central London or commuting from outside, however dies still lag behind that of a graduate even after years of experience.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is a good community between school leavers graduates and others at work that make it easy to find things to do outside the office, from sports events to having a drink at the pub
9. Would you recommend BP to a friend?
I think long term this is a great company to be a part of with a huge variety of opportunities down the line that could easily suit most people looking to work hard.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BP?
Come in for a discovery day before you apply, this will give you an opportunity to walk around the trading floor and get involved with some simulations and chat to people already on the scheme, after that you will know whether or not this is the type of career you want to embark on.